Harvard Public Health @ 100 Years

Beginning in 1913

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In September 1913, the new Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers welcomed its first class of eight students. From these modest beginnings emerged what would eventually become the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and its long record of accomplishments.



Explore some of our successes, stories, and surprising facts, documented as the School approached its 2013-2014 centennial.

Brief history of the School

school shieldThe Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health traces its roots to public health activism at the beginning of the last century, a time of energetic social reform. Learn more about the School's history.

From the archives

Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact

Discover historical material from past publications, Countway Library's collections, and photos submitted by the School community.

Perspectives from past Deans

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Watch video interviews with past Deans of the School of Public Health.

Centennial Committee

See who was on the School's Centennial Committee.

Did you know?

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Discover facts, stats, accomplishments, and items of trivia you may not have known about the School.

Major accomplishments

Learn about some of the landmark contributions to the field of public health made by the School’s faculty members and alumni, frequently working in collaboration with others at Harvard and around the world.

Celebration videos

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View the celebration videos

Centennial timeline


Explore our interactive timeline.

Historical catalogs

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Dig into School catalogs dating back to 1913.

Centennial events calendar

calendar iconView events at the School pertaining to the centennial.